Manchester United have had a pretty bleak season in the shadow of Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at the club - with David Moyes struggling to assemble a winning team out of an admittedly flagging ensemble of talent at Old Trafford.
But while there is plenty of doom and gloom there is also plenty of bloom - with starlet Adnan Januzaj undoubtedly the biggest positive to come out of this current campaign.
The 19-year-old didn’t even have a Wikipedia page a year ago - and now he is one of the top talents in world football.
His meteoric rise has certainly been one of the major bonuses of this campaign - and he is arguably ahead of many more experienced operators in the pecking order for United’s end of season run in.
Of course it is not the first time Moyes has gambled on a precocious young talent.
He was the man who rolled the dice on a schoolboy Wayne Rooney at Everton to great effect - and he now gets the opportunity to partner the pair of them.
Rooney recently signed a new £300k-a-week deal to stay a Manchester United player for the foreseeable future - with rumours he is to be made captain at the season’s end also abounding.
And he has been speaking to Manchester United magazine Inside United about his current responsibilities - and Januzaj.
And when it comes to the latter, he has been speaking of the mutual benefits the two are awarding each other:
"I've stayed out after training with Adnan a few times. Even just working on free-kicks and crossing. It actually benefits me as well and it benefits him. I am trying to help him get better and better, which I feel he is doing, and I think young players need to practise all the time, especially coming into the side. Senior players also need to keep practising to stay on top of their game so it works for both of us."
These two form part of the future of United - one as the next steady head to guide a young pretender - and when it comes to the pitfalls of being in the spotlight from a young age Januzaj could have no better mentor than Rooney.
With his help he really could become something else.